Newsletter – August 2014

To our dedicated Bargara Triathlon Club members and others interested in Triathlon,

Firstly, welcome to a new season and some changes that have occurred to our humble Club recently. The past few months have seen a change in the committee structure and the introduction of some new faces to help with running the Club. At the recent AGM a new President, Treasurer and Secretary were selected to continue to take our Club forward from the excellent position left by the previous committee. At the meeting, Guy McNicol was elected President with Neil Feather taking on the roles of both Treasurer and Secretary. Guy would be quite familiar to many of our members as he has functioned in many capacities within the Club in the past. Neil; however, is new to the Club but brings great enthusiasm with a teaching background in combination with a triathlon coaching accreditation to see the advancement of the Club and its members into the future.

As well as changes within the committee, new dates for our upcoming race season have also been announced and have been placed on our web page. We are looking forward to preparing for those events and creating a fun atmosphere for all to improve their fitness as well as triathlon skills in the process.

With the establishment of a new race season for the club, it is important to remember that several items are of importance. Firstly, with the start of the new season, memberships need to be renewed with both Triathlon Australia (TA) and Bargara Triathlon Club. This is an easy process that takes only a few minutes, and ensures that you are able to participate in each of our races this season. Secondly, a new season cannot be successful without volunteers for each event to ensure that the events can take place safely as well as ensure a professional atmosphere for athletes to perform their best. In this regard, our club needs as many volunteers as possible and could comprise of family members or friends that would normally come to watch you compete. Along with a drive for volunteers for our events is the enticer that our club has secured a specific Technical Official course, to be run by Triathlon Queensland, which will occur on Saturday 8th of November. The course will be restricted to a total of 10 members, so first in best dressed. A requirement to complete a practical assessment is necessary for this course, and with the Hervey Bay 100 occurring the next weekend, those that intend to watch friends or family compete may be well served taking up this opportunity. The qualification is necessary for our event volunteers, is free as well as being a great way to develop deeper knowledge of both triathlon, as a sport, and what makes an event run. Membership for volunteers is free from the TA site for those that do not wish to compete.  To register for the TO course, use the Contact Form on the Club website. 

Upcoming changes to our training section on the web page will occur soon. We intend to create several opportunities for our members to get to know one another outside of a competitive setting through a planned progression of training sessions leading to upcoming events. The training will be inclusive of all member abilities and aims to support knowledge and fitness progression within a fun and social setting. For more information, or suggestions regarding training locations please email Neil.

Finally, thank you for your continued association with the only incorporated triathlon club in Bundaberg; we look forward to assisting you exceed your triathlon goals as you travel with us on the evolutionary journey that is the Bargara Triathlon Club.

Club President

Guy McNicol